Mark Sedon

Showing in: Wanaka and Queenstown

Wanaka Session 11: Tuesday July 3
Wanaka 7:30pm (Doors open at 7:00 pm)

Queenstown Session Q5 Saturday July 7
Queenstown 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30 pm)


Mark Sedon of Lake Hawea will talk on his recent 1,700km kite and climbing expedition to Antarctica. Mark is well known as the NZ Mountain Film & Book festival Director and founder, but also as a keen local adventurer and mountain guide. A life of skiing, mountaineering, kite surfing and kite skiing and many hours, days and weeks of adventure experience, prepared Mark for this immense undertaking.

Accompanied by 2017 Festival speaker Leo Houlding (UK) and Jean Burgun (France) the trio had a successful expedition to climb one of the most remote mountains on Earth; Mt Spectre in the Gothic Range of the Transantarctic Mountains. They spent 60 days in Antarctica, travelling over 1,700km with loads nearing 200kgs each that included technical rock climbing gear and camera gear!

It is thought to be the first time anyone has done this style of expedition in Antarctica, using kites to access the mountains. Only four days of man-hauling was required because of a combination of, the teams’ kite skills and high performance kites which allowed them to ‘tack’ upwind.

They were dropped 220km from the South Pole on November 20, climbed the Spectre on December 8 and made it 1,400km back to the Union Glacier camp on January 10. “It was bloody hard,” said Sedon, “and cold, but I loved every minute of the trip. It was such an amazing experience, it really was!”

Mark is an internationally qualified climbing and ski guide with 25 years of experience. He is the Chief Guide for Harris Mountains Heli-ski, New Zealand’s largest heli-ski company. He was the first person to climb the Queenstown Lakes District’s 18 mountains over 2,500m and has guided 20 Himalayan ski and climbing expeditions including summiting Mt Everest and also guided eight ski and climbing expeditions to Antarctica.

We look forward to hearing about this epic adventure.